Netflix with the save!
When we last talked about the upcoming Studio Colorido movie, Nakitai Watashi wa Neko o Kaburu, it was scheduled for a June 5th theatrical release. I’m sure you know exactly where this is headed… because of the virus, that planned release will not happen. There is some good news to this story though, because rather than getting a Japanese only theatrical release, it will be released worldwide on Netflix on June 18th in 28 languages under the localized title A Whisker Away!
A Whisker Away is an original story penned by Mari Okada. The story follows a young girl living in Tokoname, Aichi, who has a crush on a boy at her junior high. She pursues him daily, but he never takes any real notice of her. That is until she discovers a magical mask that allows her to become a cat. Using this form, she gets closer to her crush but soon discovers that magic always comes with a price. Mirai Shida will play the lead character named Miyo. Opposite her will be Natsuki Hanae, who will play the male love interest named Kento.
Junichi Sato will be co-directing the feature with Tomotaka Shibayama at Studio Colorido. Studio Colorido is a relatively new studio, having only been formed in 2011 by producer Hideo Uda. Along with this newly announced feature, the studio has only produced a handful of productions including the recent movie Penguin Highway and the newly launched series of Pokémon web shorts which hit the Internet this past January.
Just a word of warning about Nakitai Watashi wa Neko o Kaburu; my instincts are telling me you’ll want to have tissues handy while you watch this one. If I know Junichi Sato and Mari Okada even half as well as I think I do, they will have something beautiful to look at but sad to experience at the same time.